Northwood Lifts Island Webservices Senior Cup
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The Woodies have now beaten Newport in three of the last four Senior Cup finals, and ended Newport’s incredible run of nine consecutive league and cup titles both indoors and outdoors.
On a beautiful day at The Wood, Newport captain Harry Dye won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first.
However, it was Northwood who made the most of early conditions as John Jones (1-37) bowled Kevin Winchcombe for just 5 in the eighth over.
Dye came in at three and built a useful partnership with Nat Riddett, but that was ended when the latter was clean bowled by Northwood captain Ashley Goldsmith for 33.
Riddett’s departure was soon followed by Henry Edwards, who was bowled by Kerry Rice for 7, and Andy Long, who was trapped LBW by Goldsmith for 0.
Tom Dye didn’t last long either, he was superbly caught by James Whitewood off the bowling of Rice for 12, leaving Newport in trouble on 90-5 after 29 overs.
However, Harry Dye remained patient and stayed at the crease, and along with Mike Watson put on 79 for the seventh wicket, with 36 runs coming between overs 37 and 40 as Dye passed his half-century.
Watson eventually fell for 16 when he was bowled by Simon Goldsmith (1-26), but his dismissal saw Owen Herbert come to the crease, which in turn saw the run rate increase in the latter overs.
A huge 56 runs came from the remaining five overs as the Northwood bowlers and fielders faltered in the heat, with Herbert making a quickfire 22 before he was run out, and Steve Keyzor falling in the same manner for a duck.
Dye was finally dismissed in the final over for an excellent 87, becoming Ashley Goldsmith’s third wicket, with Aaron Hartup (13 not out) adding a couple of late boundaries as Newport finished on 224-9.
Goldsmith finished with figures of 3-46 from his nine overs, with Rice bowling a wonderful spell of 2-22 in the middle overs.
Knowing that they hadn’t scored more than 200 against Newport since August 2009, the run chase was always going to be difficult for Northwood, and it became much tougher when Chris Williams (7) was caught at slip off the bowling of Hartup (1-35) in just the fifth over.
Williams’ departure saw Ashley Goldsmith join Rice at the crease, and the pair patiently put on 49 for the second wicket before Rice was dismissed in a tight run out by Harry Dye for 36 from 48 deliveries.
Callum Witham looked good for his 17 but was bowled by Winchcombe (1-33) to leave the score 91-3 after 25 overs, with Northwood still requiring 134 from the final twenty overs.
David Chapman then played a gem of an innings as he made 35 from just 37 balls, including two fours and two sixes, before he became the first man to fall to Riddett (3-26).
Goldsmith was still there for Northwood though, passing fifty, but he saw Andy Ball depart to Riddett for 14 after a couple of lusty blows and Ryan Chessell run out by the same player for just 4, meaning Northwood were now 183-6 with six overs remaining.
Jordan Langdon struck a couple of boundaries in his stay at the crease, whilst Goldsmith began to find runs at more ease, including his first six of the innings as Northwood hit fifteen from the 42nd over and moved closer towards victory.
Langdon fell to Riddett for 13 before the end, leaving the way for club President Simon Goldsmith to hit the winning runs with two boundaries in the 44th over, as Northwood claimed victory by three wickets with eight balls remaining.
Ashley Goldsmith ended on 69 not out from 94 deliveries and was given the man-of-the-match award before collecting the Island Webservices Senior Cup with his team-mates from the Isle of Wight Cricket Board’s Martyn Richards.
Thanks go to the umpires on the day, Dave Brown and Roy Cooper,